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Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition review

Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

A portable Android Honeycomb 3.2 tablet from Motorola that offers reasonable performance. We prefer this device to the larger 10in Xoom 2, but it is still not quite good enough to tempt us away from the iPad 2.


Portable, good screen, HDMI output, Motocast can come in handy.


Not shipped with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, poor battery life, no 3G or microSD card support.

Overall Rating:

3 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £329.99

Manufacturer: Motorola

Android tablets have not really taken off in the business sector, with many employees and IT admins prefering the iPad. However, this has not stopped the influx of tablets running the Google-owned operating system to the market.

The Xoom 2 Media Edition is Motorola's latest effort and is essentially a cut-down version of the Xoom 2 as it sports a more compact 8.2in display.

Furthermore, at 216x140x8.9mm and a weight of 388g, it is easier to carry around than its 10in sibling and the market-leading iPad 2.

However, it is still not quite as portable as the BlackBerry Playbook or the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7in tablet, and you will struggle to squeze it into a jacket pocket.

Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition tablet

Unsurprisingly, Motorola has chosen to stick with the same design for the Xoom 2 Media Edition that it introduced with the 10in Xoom 2. This means the tablet comes with cut-off corners, with the unlock button and volume controls at the back down the right-hand edge.

We are not big fans of this arrangement as more often than not you have to fumble around before you hit them.

Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition back

The positioning of the logos and the camera suggests the device has been created for use primarily in portrait mode, unlike the 10in version. However, we still found ourselves using the device in landscape mode to view web pages and videos.

Considering the tablet is being promoted as a media device, it seems strange that Motorola is pushing portrait orientation as the default.

We also found it is all too easy to cover up the speakers and muffle the sound when holding the device in landscape mode, which is not ideal when watching a video without headphones.

Identical specs
Aside from the smaller screen size, all specifications of the Xoom 2 Media Edition are identical to its bigger brother. Both ship with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Android 3.2 Honeycomb and have 16GB of internal storage.

The 8.2in device also retains the 1280x800 resolution, despite the screen being smaller. This makes the quality of the display impressive, although we found that you have to keep the brightness on full all the time.

The device is easy to hold in two hands and typing on the stock Android keyboard is reasonably easy, although you might have to stretch to reach the letters in the middle.

Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core
Display: 8.2in HD Gorrila Glass display with 800x1280 resolution
Storage: 16GB
Camera: 5-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras
Operating system: Android 2.3 Gingerbread with upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich confirmed
Weight: 388g

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Khidr Suleman

Khidr Suleman is a reporter at, a role he has fulfilled since June 2010. He covers business hardware news and reviews, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, projectors and printers, as well as online applications.

Prior to joining, Khidr worked as a freelance technology journalist. He studied law at the University of Reading and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism and Online Writing at PMA Training.


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